US President Joe Biden welcomed the Senate’s approval of Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO, stressing his intention to sign the two protocols.
“I look forward to signing the accession protocols and welcoming Sweden and Finland into NATO,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House on Wednesday. “They are strong democracies, with highly combative armed forces, in the ranks of the greatest defense alliance in history.”
The US President described the Senate’s vote as “historic”, expressing his gratitude to the senators.
“The United States remains committed to the security of Sweden and Finland… and we will continue to address any risks to our common security,” he stressed.
It is worth mentioing that, Polish President Andrzej Duda ratified the accession treaties of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), one of his presidential aides announced.
On July 22, the Polish President signed the relevant bills that allowed him to ratify the accession after the House of Representatives passed the legislation on July 7, and the bills were approved by the Senate on July 20, according to the Polish newspaper “the First News”
On May 18, Finland and Sweden Wednesday (May 18) submitted their official applications to join NATO.
Head of the alliance Jens Stoltenberg received the applications from the ambassadors of Finland and Sweden for their countries’ membership in the alliance in Brussels.
The two countries’ decision to join NATO on Tuesday (May 17) was adopted by the Finnish parliament by a majority of 188 votes to 8 against joining. The Finnish government and President Sauli Niinistö approved the decision.
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde signed on the Swedish request yesterday. The NATO Council will consider first the membership, then requests must ratify the convection on the membership of the national level in all 30 allied parliaments
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson had stated earlier that Finland and Sweden decided to walk hand in hand through the entire process of joining the alliance.